This spring, six student directors have selected five plays to bring to the Ballard stage, all of which explore what it’s like when reality itself comes into question.
Elliot Jakupcak directs Sure Thing by David Ives, a comedy that follows two strangers in a coffee shop who navigate a conversation with something no one else gets: the chance to start over when you say the wrong thing.
Ella Papineau directs The Yellow Wallpaper by Cameron Colwell and Georgia Drinan. Based on the chilling short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, this play follows a new mother confined to her bed as she tries to make sense of the figure she keeps seeing in the pattern on her bedroom walls.
Autumn Bailey directs The Support Group from Hell by Jeffrey Harr, a dark comedy that follows a teen who joins a support group with members that are far more strange (and possibly supernatural) than she was expecting.
Izzy Rampersad and Milo Palmer co-direct The Hallmarks of Horror by Peter Bloedel. In this “whirlwind tour of horror tropes,” scientists attempt to explain what makes scary movies as scary as possible. The resulting demonstration is much more ridiculous than intended.
Up, All the Way Up? is a new play written and directed by Rose Champion, which follows a woman in the late 19th century as she writes the obituary for the peculiar and mysterious death of a millionaire on a mountain.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
May 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21
This beloved comedy written by William Shakespeare c. 1595 or 1596 is set in Athens, and consists of several subplots that revolve around Theseus and Hippolyta’s marriage.
One subplot involves a conflict between four Athenian lovers.
Another follows a group of six amateur actors rehearsing the play which they are to perform before the wedding. Both groups find themselves in a forest inhabited by fairies who manipulate the humans and are engaged in their own domestic intrigue.
The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular and is widely performed.
Beauty and The Beast!
Missed the musical? Or loved it so much you want to watch it again? Watch it here:
Our 2021-2022 theatrical season
The Ballard High School Playmakers have announced the theatrical line-up for the school year:
Fall: We’ve had to cancel our fall play. Due to the pandemic and newest guidelines, we are unable to hold live performances until after November.
Winter/Spring 2022: Beauty and the Beast musical
Revisit Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, featuring music from the beloved animated film and new songs written just for the stage version!
March 17, 18, 19 and 24, 25, 26
Spring 2022: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
In one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Theseus and Hippolyta prepare to marry, a misunderstanding erupts amongst lovers, and an acting troupe prepares for the stage—all under the watchful eyes of mischievous fairies.
May 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21
Buy a Seat Campaign
Want to be a part of the BHS PAC forever?
“Buy” a seat in the Performing Arts Center for $75 and we will place a plaque with your name on the arm. You can use the opportunity to remember a loved one, print a favorite verse or name of a performer, or simply mark your thoughtfulness. These funds will contribute significantly to the Ballard High School theatre.
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Meet the Director - Theater
It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the new drama teacher at Ballard High school. I studied playwriting at Macalester College and the National Theatre Institute and completed a master’s in teaching at Seattle University this spring. I came to theatre education to uplift anti-racist work and center student identity, and I am so excited to bring this work to Ballard High School. My training is based in the work of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed and of my mentor, Eliza Rasheed. My priority is building a space where students learn to listen, both to their community members and to themselves. I feel honored to be welcomed into the Ballard Performing Arts family and look forward to growing with this community.
Director of Theatre
Ballard High School